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Thought-Provokers: Glendale

Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Glendale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Stephen Baklund

I would consider myself a jack of all trades. Decent at everything, master of nothing. I started to paint, then write poems, then write songs. I was shy and insecure about all the work I made and hid it away from the world. Until I picked up a camera and everything changed. Read more>>

Miles Graci

My first concert was Billy Joel at age 8 or so. Riding around in the car with my mom (Front seat, no seat belt, standing up!) I would love blasting the music and cruising around, eager to switch the eight-track tape over when it was time. Little did I know I was building an affinity for cars and music at a very early age. Read more>>

Mikela Prevost

I always knew I wanted a career in art and had always loved books and comic strips, so the best plan was children’s book illustration. I went on to receive my MFA in Illustration at California State University Fullerton, while also learning about the publishing industry. Read more>>

Gary Phoenix

I do the work for my own and others’ pleasure, and to inspire others – other artists inspire me greatly, and thus it goes round and round. Sometimes I seek out and create images, while sometimes they serendipitously come to me. All I ask is that you enjoy what you see if you can. Read more>>

Alicia Espinoza-Castro

My memories during those times were reading a lot of books and manga and watched tons of cartoons, Disney movies, and anime. So I would sit in front of the tv and draw my favorite characters, sometimes even before school started, I purposely woke up early to draw. Read more>>

Kristina Johnson

Art gives me the freedom to create my own path, and for years I wanted that freedom. I don’t believe in a conventional way of living in which I had to meet life achievements at a certain time. I would say photography gives me the fluidity and confidence to be who I always wanted to be when I was younger. Read more>>

Dalton and Ashley Davis

Both of us have always been creative and have involved ourselves in photography and filmmaking from a young age. We met in middle school and were friends for years before we started dating, and eventually ended up marrying. A year into our marriage, each of us was working a corporate 9-5 while doing our creative work on the weekends. Read more>>

Billy Taylor

Around a year ago I was dealing with a number of issues and really feeling like I was in a low point in my life. Relationship and financial issues due to divorce caused me to decide to take a lot of steps to work on my mental health and well being. I found a meetup group dealing with self-development. Read more>>

Laura Olsen-kubalek

I started my passion for photography pretty early on in life at about 13. I got my first camera. I didn’t have much direction yet but knew I loved capturing moments. At 16 I went to modeling school and became a model under an alias. I was definitely learning more skills as a photographer in the modeling world. Read more>>

Tahj Coney

I am the oldest of 14 siblings and that has played a big part in my growth as a man and a human being. I got into photography looking up to my cousin who was a great photographer and seeing his work inspired me to get into it and ever since I changed my major at Grand Canyon University, I have loved every creative thing I do and look forward to creating more. Read more>>

Barry Farmer

Landscape drawing and painting was my early motif. Now my realism is concerned with the human figure. However, an abstract quality has always been a part of my realism and an intuitive motif for artworks in its own right. I have been advised to work in a series by galleries and other artist friends, but I have never found the repetition of imagery a very significant interest. Read more>>

Dana Buchanan

When I say preserving time, I mean it, it takes a significant life event sometimes to show you how important life’s precious moments are. Oct 2018, after a year-long journey of pregnancy and health challenges, I underwent Brain Surgery to remove a tumor at the center of my Brain, located on my Pineal Gland. Read more>>

Nancy De Leon

I now realize those small events are crucial to where I am now. Those were tiny milestones that brought me to continue art. I would say my art teacher, Barbara Dahlstedt, played a huge role to influence my motivation and use of color, and pretty much every technique I know. Read more>>

Alysse De Soto

I have always been interested in trying any new medium or technique. My desire to learn is what continues to improve my work. I began my college career at Northern Arizona University and graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a bachelor of fine arts. Read more>>

Cadillac Rhone

There was nothing to do but get into trouble lol. But during this time I started writing poetry which eventually turned into me writing raps. I couldn’t tell you if they were any good because I never use to share them with people. Read more>>


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